Fun Facts Friday: Fannie Hurst

Fannie Hurst (19 October, 1885 – 23 February, 1968) was a novelist and short-story writer from Ohio. Books by Fannie Hurst* Hurst was born in Hamilton, OH, but grew up in St. Louis, MS. Her father owned a shoe factory. In 1909 Ms. Hurst wrote both the book and the lyrics for the comic opera […]

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Book Review: The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor

This is a charming book, half the book is historical fiction (the parts about Grace Darling), the other half which tells the story of Matilda is pure fiction as the author notes.

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Book Review: Lincoln’s Last Trial by Dan Abrams & David Fisher

I first noticed this book when author Dan Abrams hawked it on TV as part of a panel on one of the Sunday political shows I watch. The book immediately caught my attention since I really enjoy these min-biographies which delve in depth into a short, but meaningful time in the subject’s life.

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Graphic Novel Review: Batwoman, Vol. 2: Wonderland by Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV

About: Batwoman, Vol. 2: Wonderland by Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV (illustrated by Steve Epting and Ben Oliver) finds the heroine battling the Many Arms of Death. This issue, part of DC Comics’ Rebirth, collects issues #7 – 11. My rat­ing for Batwoman, Vol. 2: Wonderland  — 3 Buy Batwoman, Vol. 2: Wonderland  from Amazon.com* […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Ann Petry

Ann Petry (12 October, 1908 – 28 April, 1997) was an American novelist, author of children’s books and short stories. Books by Ann Petry* The author was born as Ann Lane in Old Saybrook, CT. At the time she was one of 15 African Americans in the town. The author’s father was a pharmacist, her […]

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Graphic Novel Review: Batman: White Knight by Sean Murphy

In this graphic novel, The Joker rebrand himself as the White Knight of Gotham, the man who will shine a light on all the corruption which is dragging down the city to benefit the few.

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Book Review: Five Presidents by Clint Hill & Lisa McCubbin

I loved reading about these great man, who were after all just humans as we all are. Eisenhower’s legendary passion for golf, Johnson’s humane side and the pride of his roots,

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Graphic Novel Review: Action Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition

About: Action Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition is an anthology of Superman, the world’s greatest hero by various authors and artists.  This is more of a celebration of the character than a cohesive story. 384 pages Publisher: DC Comics; Deluxe edition Language: English ISBN-10: 9781401278878 My rat­ing for Action Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition  — 4 Buy Action Comics […]

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Book Review: Peace in the Making edited by Harry Hurwitz and Yisrael Medad

Book Review: Peace in the Making edited by Harry Hurwitz and Yisrael Medad

I got this book for free. My rating for Peace in the Making – 4 About: “Peace in the Making: The Menachem Begin Anwar Sadat Personal Correspondence” edited by Harry Hurwitz and Yisrael Medad is the complete correspondence between the Israeli prime minister and the Egyptian president during the historic peace making efforts. The book […]

Author Q and A with Ellen Horan

Author Q and A with Ellen Horan

Ellen Horan wrote “31 Bond Street” (review & giveaway) and she was kind enough to answer a few questions for me. I was very interested in the amazing research she did for the book. As it turned out she wrote an essay about it (link in her answer).   Q. It seems you did a […]

Book Review: 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan

Book Review: 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. The publisher has made available one (1) copy of “31 Bond Street” to be given out- enter at the end of the post My rating for 31 Bond Street – 4 About: “31 Bond Street” by Ellen Horan (website | Facebook)  […]

Book Review: Stalina by Emily Rubin

Book Review: Stalina by Emily Rubin

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: Stalina by Emily Rubin on Blogcritics. My rating for Stalina – 3 About: “Stalina” by Emily Rubin (website | Facebook) is the fictional story of a Russian immigrant to the United States. The story takes place after the fall of the Soviet Union. […]

Giveaway – The Trinity Six

Giveaway – The Trinity Six

“The Trinity Six” by Charles Cumming (website) is a fictional spy thriller focusing on the theory that the Cambridge Five (a ring of English Trinity College students who were spies for Russia – Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, John Cairncross, Anthony Blunt, and Kim Philby) had a sixth member. As always, what gets the politicians is […]

Book Review: The Stairway to Heaven by Therese Zrihen-Dvir

Book Review: The Stairway to Heaven by Therese Zrihen-Dvir

I got this book for free. Attention Book Bloggers: After this review was published I got several nasty and personally insulting emails & comments on LibraryThing (as well as the comments below).  I do not want to engage in this type of mud slugging hence I will not publish the emails; However, just be aware […]

Book Review: Ashes to Water by Irene Ziegler

Book Review: Ashes to Water by Irene Ziegler

I got this eBook for free. The author has made available one (1) eBook of “Ashes to Water” to be given out- enter at the end of the post   My rating for Ashes to Water – 4 About: “Ashes to Water” by Irene Ziegler (website | Twitter) is a fictional mystery which takes place […]

Book Review: so much for that by Lionel Shriver

Book Review: so much for that by Lionel Shriver

I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour promotion. The publisher has made available one (1) copy of “so much for that” to be given out- enter at the end of the post My rating for so much for that – 5 About: “so much for that” by Lionel Shriver […]

Book Review: The Trinty Six by Charles Cumming

Book Review: The Trinty Six by Charles Cumming

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming on Blogcritics. My rating for The Trinity Six – 4 About: “The Trinity Six” by Charles Cumming (website) is a fictional spy thriller focusing on the theory that the Cambridge Five (a ring of English Trinity College […]

Greed vs. Library eBook Lending

Greed vs. Library eBook Lending

In the news last week it was announced that certain publishers decided that eBooks which have been sold to libraries will have a license to allow a book to be loaned 26 times before the embedded DRM (Digital Rights Management system) kicks in so the library will have to buy a new copy. (Image Copyright: […]